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Traumatic Experiences
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blood relatives. Some families require older children to take
on some financial and decision-making responsibilities. Some
international students are caregivers for their siblings in the
United States while their parents are back home. Some
students are caregivers of their non-English–speaking
parents who live in the US. These expectations make juggling
a family crisis with academic responsibilities especially
difficult.
Faculty can support students who are experiencing a family
crisis by being flexible with deadlines and expectations,
within reason. Students whose academic performance is
affected by crisis should always be referred to academic
advising for additional support. Faculty can also consult with
advisors about reasonably accommodating the student.
Resources:
Coping with Grief and Loss: A Guide to Healing
. Harvard
Medical School. 2003.
The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental
Illness
. Karp, David A. 2001.